Strathmore PRE-COP28 Conference Champions Locally led climate action

Pre-COP28 Conference at Strathmore University showcased a collective commitment to a sustainable future, echoing global calls for environmental responsibility. 

Students passionately advocated for individual accountability in addressing climate change, emphasizing simple actions like proper waste disposal and water conservation.

The campus has embraced eco-friendly practices, used recyclable materials, and prioritized biodegradable alternatives like coffee cups.

President of the student council Ali Mohamed highlighted the alarming fact that plastics take up to 420 years to decompose, underscoring the urgency of focused action.

The Student Council, led by Ali Mohamed, spearheads targeted initiatives, fostering innovation and practical solutions to climate challenges. This commitment culminated in a joint action statement from Strathmore students at COP28.

Panelist Alice, a fourth-year student at Strathmore University, urged youth to seek relevant information and acquire skills through collaborations and volunteering. She emphasized aligning with organizations that align with personal interests for professional and career growth.

Delegates at the Pre-COP28 Conference identified intense competition among youth for opportunities and project implementation as a major hindrance to accessing opportunities and implementing eligible actions. The lack of a unified voice hindered collective action, prompting a call for unity.

Prof. Izael Da Silva Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) encouraged youth to engage in workshops and capacity-building forums for better understanding of the growing green economy.

He stressed the importance of prioritizing people over profit for young entrepreneurs and innovators, safeguarding biodiversity, wildlife, and humanity.

Dilijot, a Strathmore student

Dilijot, a Strathmore student, who led this year’s innovative initiative, presenting a sustainable solution for recycling and initiating a program centered on the circular economy. Dilijot underscores the significance of individual actions, noting that we are the first generation experiencing the impact of climate change and the last with the capacity to address it.

She emphasizes that sustainability is not merely a vision but a tangible reality. Dilijot urges us to be the generation remembered as proactive contributors who not only recognized the challenge but actively participated in implementing solutions.

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